Two Canadian air force student pilots made history late last year, when they became the first two Canadians to train in the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program with the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard AFB, Tex. While Sheppard has hosted Canadian instructor pilots in the past, 2nd Lt. Reg Reimer and 2nd Lt. Bertram Cronshaw are the first two student pilots to go through ENJJPT. They are participating on a trial basis as the Canadian air force weighs options for maintaining a steady flow of new fighter pilots as it expands. Reimer had his first solo flight in a T-6A trainer aircraft on Dec. 12, while Cronshaw went solo five days later. Both will return to Canada for their follow-on training. (Sheppard report by A1C Adawn Kelsey)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.